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Rivers of Light Night Time Show – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With the coming of the night-time show at Disney Animal Kingdom, I wonder how that will affect the dynamics of touring at the Animal Kingdom. This park really doesn’t need Fastpasses and the place clears out at 4:00 pm. Obviously, Disney is working on keeping people in this park longer.

The night time show should help Disney meet their objective. The World of Color is wildly popular at Disney California Adventure. The question will be how Disney decides to distribute the tickets.

1. Through the FP+ online system: People could book them and not show up too late in the evening. But would still cause people to use FP in Animal Kingdom instead of other parks.
2. First come first serve like Disneyland. Then people have to go to the park early and stay until the show.
3. I guess they could book them like Dining Reservations.

Speaking of Dining reservations, I wonder what the pricing structure will be for the Dining/Rivers of Light dining packages will be? Yak and Yeti is about to become a popular restaurant. I would bet that is why they are adding a table service to the Pizzafari too. Pandora will have a restaurant also.

With a new restaurant at Magic Kingdom, will they start offering Dining and Wishes packages?

Panorama of the construction

Panorama of the construction

Standing only or seats?

Standing only or seats?

Views of the Lake - future of Rivers of Light

Views of the Lake – future of Rivers of Light

Rivers of Light going to be like Illuminations or World of Color?

Rivers of Light going to be like Illuminations or World of Color?

Magic Kingdom Castle Grounds

Magic Kingdom Castle Grounds

Magic Band for Disneyland? 

  

An Eye for Detail in Disney Parks

This summer I spent week at Disneyland, and then a week later, I played at WDW. This was my 16th trip to Disney parks, so it always a challenge to “see” something new. The following are things that I had not noticed on previous trips.

The Wonderful World of Disney Color…

Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure

All the pavilions at the Flame Tree in Disney Animal Kingdom have carved examples of predators attacking prey. Bizarre. This is just one of those images.

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

Death Pavilions at Flametree Barbecue

The helium balloons are captivating.

Balloons

Balloons

Mary Blair’s art work is on display in It’s a Small World, The Grand Fiesta Tour in Epcot, and the Contemporary Mural.

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

Mary Blair art at Contemporary

The Frozen Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are among the best I have ever watched.

Frozen Fireworks 1

Frozen Fireworks 1

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen Fireworks

Frozen fireworks 2

Frozen fireworks 2

Two Magic Bands – they work interchangeably.

dueling magic bands

dueling magic bands

The recreation of Africa in Harambe is stunning.

Tusker House

Tusker House

Asia is fantastic too…

The Yeti at Everest

The Yeti at Everest

The Beastly Kingdom was never completed, but it would have been awesome I am sure…

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

Remnants of the long lost Beastly Kingdom

The Tower of Terror scores a perfect 10 for theming, pre-show, and ride. A perfect theme park experience.

The Hollywood Hotel

The Hollywood Hotel

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Details in the Hollywood Hotel Basement

Being a librarian, you would think I would have noticed this before…

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

Streets of America in Hollywood Studios

The World Showcase in Epcot…

Japan in Epcot

Japan in Epcot

Japan - Anime Exhibit

Japan – Anime Exhibit

Morocco in Epcot

Morocco in Epcot

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

Up close and personal with a terra cotta warrior

It’s Tough to Be a Bug pre-show. This is an incredibly well themed area…

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

Movie Poster Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

A Dung Ball in Tough to be a Bug

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Wall-E is one of Pixar’s best films, but Wall-E is banished from the parks except in the Pin Trader store in Downtown Disney…

Wall E

Wall E

Hollywood Studios is desperate for attractions, so they closed their weak Pirates of the Caribbean experience, and replaced it with some benches…

A lounge to cool off

A lounge to cool off

Funny bathroom image…

Kill the Beast - restroom signs in New Fantasyland

Kill the Beast – restroom signs in New Fantasyland

At the Muppet Theater…

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Gonzo hanging on for dear life.

Sadly, staff must have been cut at the Magic Kingdom, because this is becoming more common…

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed #2

Peter Pan trashed

Peter Pan trashed